At The Foot Of The Cross

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20160325
20160325Diane Louise Jordan introduces music and reflection for Good Friday.

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on Radio 2

20170414

Join Diane Louise Jordan at Watford Colosseum for a night of music, poetry and reflection to mark Good Friday, the day that Jesus died.

Mozart's Requiem provides the musical backbone for the evening as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bach Choir, conducted by David Hill, perform excerpts from this magnificent piece made popular by Peter Shaffer's iconic play, specially selected to reflect on the key events in the narrative.

The story of Good Friday will be told in a completely new way by the artist and designer, Siku, the illustrator behind the Manga Bible, Judge Dredd and 2000AD comics. In a specially written narrative, Siku will retell the story of the last hours of Jesus' life, bringing out the drama and spectacle in a way that is accessible to a wide and varied audience.

Special guest stars, including Wynne Evans and Geraldine Latty, will perform some of the most moving music of all time. BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason will play beautiful cello pieces by Fauré and Casals and the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2016, Florence Cain and Edward Hyde will unite their stunning voices to perform John Ireland's It Is a Thing Most Wonderful, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu and César Frank's Panis Angelicus.

Join Diane Louise Jordan for a reflection to mark Good Friday, the day that Jesus died.

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on Radio 2

20180330Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday at BBC Maida Vale Studios in London. In the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Dan explores the theme of peace-making with personal stories from people doing extraordinary things to bring about peace in the modern world.

Dan is joined by double MOBO award winning grime/rap artist Guvna B and singer/songwriter Beth Rowley, as well as the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year. Other music comes from the BBC Concert Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir directed by Graham Ross, with excerpts from Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace' and inspirational songs, including a new arrangement of 'You Raise Me Up' for choir and orchestra.

Dan speaks with Ben Wintour, joint founder of Steel Warriors, which melts down confiscated and surrendered knives using the steel to build gymnastics parks to benefit local communities, and Clare Wilson who set up a refugee safe house for young boys from the Calais refugee camp. She talks about a peace-making initiative in local schools designed to support young people in marking the centenary of the end of World War I appropriately, by finding a positive narrative for their lives.

The Good Friday story is delivered by actor, Georgie Glen.

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday.

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on Radio 2

20190419

Dan Walker presents an evening of songs and stories of hope coming from the midst of despair.

He's joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Contemporary Voices, The BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year and special guest stars, including singer/songwriter Yola and West End star Oliver Tomsett, with a sequence of spiritual songs from stage and screen, reflecting on the story of Good Friday, the day that Jesus died.

The story is told through and eclectic mix of inspirational music including“Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, Rag'n'Bone Man’s “Human”, Caccini's "Ave Maria" and the classic Gospel song, "Mary Don't You Weep". Actors Susan Jameson and Michael Bertenshaw bring Gospel narrative to life in an entirely new way, reflecting on the events that led to the crucifixion from the perspective of those close to Jesus in the last days of his life. And the themes of Good Friday are brought into the modern day through the deeply personal stories of individuals who have experienced hope coming from despair, people who've experienced loss, who've undergone profound transformation and who have made incredible sacrifices out of love for other people.

Producer: Katharine Longworth

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday.

20190419Dan Walker presents an evening of songs and stories of hope coming from the midst of despair.

He's joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Contemporary Voices, The BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year and special guest stars, including singer/songwriter Yola and West End star Oliver Tomsett, with a sequence of spiritual songs from stage and screen, reflecting on the story of Good Friday, the day that Jesus died.

The story is told through and eclectic mix of inspirational music including“Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, Rag'n'Bone Man’s “Human”, Caccini's "Ave Maria" and the classic Gospel song, "Mary Don't You Weep". Actors Susan Jameson and Michael Bertenshaw bring Gospel narrative to life in an entirely new way, reflecting on the events that led to the crucifixion from the perspective of those close to Jesus in the last days of his life. And the themes of Good Friday are brought into the modern day through the deeply personal stories of individuals who have experienced hope coming from despair, people who've experienced loss, who've undergone profound transformation and who have made incredible sacrifices out of love for other people.

Producer: Katharine Longworth

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday.

20200410At the Foot of the Cross, presented by Dan Walker, returns to Radio 2 on Good Friday. Join Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and Euphony Voices for an assortment of spiritual and traditional music, including 'Amazing Grace', 'Born to Die', 'God so loved the world' and 'When I survey the wondrous cross'. The programme will feature a dramatic retelling of the Crucifixion and the events leading up to it, written and narrated by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Alongside, deeply personal interviews with individuals who can relate to the themes of Good Friday in their own modern lives. With special guest performances from the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2019, singer/songwriter Lucy Grimble and spoken words from Siku. (This programme was recorded before restrictions on gatherings were in place).

Producer Alexa Good.

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday.

At The Foot Of The Cross20200410At the Foot of the Cross, presented by Dan Walker, returns to Radio 2 on Good Friday. Join Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and Euphony Voices for an assortment of spiritual and traditional music, including 'Amazing Grace', 'Born to Die', 'God so loved the world' and 'When I survey the wondrous cross'. The programme will feature a dramatic retelling of the Crucifixion and the events leading up to it, written and narrated by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Alongside, deeply personal interviews with individuals who can relate to the themes of Good Friday in their own modern lives. With special guest performances from the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2019, singer/songwriter Lucy Grimble and spoken words from Siku. (This programme was recorded before restrictions on gatherings were in place).

Producer Alexa Good.

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on Radio 2

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday.

At the Foot of the Cross, presented by Dan Walker, returns to Radio 2 on Good Friday. Join Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and Euphony Voices for an assortment of spiritual and traditional music, including 'Amazing Grace', 'Born to Die', 'God so loved the world' and 'When I survey the wondrous cross'. The programme will feature a dramatic retelling of the Crucifixion and the events leading up to it, written and narrated by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Alongside, deeply personal interviews with individuals who can relate to the themes of Good Friday in their own modern lives. With special guest performances from the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2019, singer/songwriter Lucy Grimble and spoken words from Siku. (This programme was recorded before restrictions on gatherings were in place).

Producer Alexa Good.

Dan Walker presents an evening of music and reflection to mark Good Friday

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on Radio 2

Words And Music For Good Friday20210402An evening of words and music for Good Friday presented by Dan Walker.

Dan Walker hosts a star studded evening of music and poetry to mark the day that Jesus died featuring writers and musicians recording from their own homes in lockdown.

Newton Faulkner comes together with the BBC Philharmonic to create a brand new arrangement of his song "Never Alone" recorded during lockdown. The orchestra also join the The Kingdom Choir, in a new arrangement of "Reckless Love".
West End star Marisha Wallace brings her unmistakable sound, with a new at home recording of "His eye is on the Sparrow" and also speaks about the hope brought by her rendition of "Tomorrow" which made her a viral star last year. She performs this piece alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra in a recording made for BBC Radio 2 House Music.

MOBO Award Winner Called Out Music performs new acoustic versions of his own tracks from his home studio and there is also music from BBC Young Chorister of the Year, Alexander, as well as finalists Josie and Leah.

The Good Friday story is brought to life in new poetry written by some of Britain's most exciting writers including poetry slam champion, Harry Baker, Malika Booker, Michael Symmons Roberts, Gillian Allnutt, Jay Hulme and Tobi Olujinmi. Their words revisit the Bible story with fresh eyes, shedding light on the age old narrative from a new perspective.

Over the last year, the nation has experienced moments of sacrifice, suffering, loneliness and grief but has also seen countless examples of support, love and hope. Dan hears moving personal accounts from people who have inspired others, who have felt the pain of loss, who have battled with forgiveness, who have been supported by their faith and have come through to the other side to look towards a brighter future. Ordinary people who have done extraordinary things share their inspirational stories.

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Producer: Katharine Longworth

Dan Walker presents an evening of words and music for Good Friday.

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on Radio 2

Newton Faulkner comes together with the BBC Philharmonic to create a brand new arrangement of his song "Never Alone" recorded during lockdown. The orchestra also join the The Kingdom Choir, adding to their gospel harmonies.
West End star Marisha Wallace brings her unmistakable sound, with a new "at home" recording and also speaks about the hope brought by her rendition of "Tomorrow" which made her a viral star last year.

The Good Friday story is brought to life in new poetry written by some of Britain's most exciting writers including poetry slam champion, Harry Baker, Malika Booker, Michael Symmons Roberts, Gillian Allnutt, Jay Hulme and Tobi Olujinmi. Their words revisit the Bible story with fresh eyes, shedding light on the age old narrative from a new perspective.